TRUST Public Meeting August 7, 2018, 7PM

TRUST presented another of its public forums concerning the potential pathways by which the trails on the Martha property can remain open for the public to use while properly compensating the Reed family. The meeting began on August 7, 2018, at 7PM at the Tiburon Council Chambers at 1505 Tiburon Blvd and ran through 8:30PM.

Approximately 50 people were present at the meeting. Everyone at the meeting was deeply focused on the issues and showed great interest – as not one person left until the meeting was over.

Refreshments were served.

Presentations were made by:

  • Richard Wodehouse, President of the TRUST Board
  • Bill Lukens, TRUST Board member and Trust Attorney
  • Jerry Reissen, of Tiburon Open Space (TOS)
  • Tracy Gary, TRUST fundraising expert

After the presentations were over, the presenters answered many questions raised by the attendees. Concerns over the trails, the open space, compensation for the Reed family, and other issues were discussed.

One of the HIGHLIGHTS of the meeting came when Bill Lukens, watching the “Happy Trails” video of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, pulled out his trumpet and played along! Then he went even further! He suggested the following words to use with the “Happy Trails” music:

Happy Trails to you
We’ll meet you on the Ridge.
Happy Trails to you
From there we’ll see the Bridge.
Martha will attempt to keep us from them,
But with our good law, we’ll overcome them,
Happy Trails to you
Tile we meet again.

Happy Trails to you
We’ll walk the Spanish Trail.
Happy Trails to you
Stopping us will fail.
We have been trekking here forever,
Come and join us in our endeavor,
Happy Trails to you
Tile we meet again.

 

 

 

TRUST New Logo

In staying with the general form of other logos used in the Marin and San Francisco area concerning issues of public and open lands, TRUST is changing its logo! Our old logo was just cobbled together in about 10 minutes… it was this:

Our new logo is of a style recognizable to those in the SF area:

ENJOY!

 

Members Added to TRUST Board

Two new members were added to the TRUST board at the meeting today.

The current board includes:

  • Richard Wodehouse (president)
  • Bill Lukens (attorney)
  • Christian Wagner
  • Jocelyn Knight
  • Chuck Hornbrook
  • Jane Elkins
  • Geoffrey Fletcher (has since asked to be removed for personal reasons)

Trust Neighborhood Meeting on July 25, 2018 at 6:15PM

A delightful fundraising meeting was held at the home of one of our Tiburon neighbors on, July 25, 2018, at 6:15 pm.

The members of TRUST, other involved parties, and our host and her family gathered with perhaps 20 neighbors to describe the various facts of the situation concerning the Martha property. The speakers were Richard Wodehouse (chair of the TRUST board), Bill Lukens (TRUST attorney), Jerry Riessen (of Tiburon Open Space), Brad Nelson (of LOCATNA homeowners association), Chris Wagner (member of TRUST board), and Starr Porter (a concerned neighbor).  The  forms of support that are needed by TRUST were described in detail, as well as the needs of Tiburon Open Space (TOS). Many questions were asked and answered.

Many neighbors, right then and there, opened their checkbooks to aid in funding the TRUST lawsuit. Others donated on this website the next day… so we keep getting closer to our goals to complete the current litigation every day. Thanks to everyone that donated!

And remember that funding the various lawsuits concerning the Martha property, as well as the possible purchase of the property from the Reed family, will demand a continuing effort over time – that will be so worth it!

Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points

For some great reading, please check out the following pdf that shows the Martha Company’s request for summary judgment and the TRUST response.

Trust Public Meeting July 16, 2018, 6PM

TRUST held a public meeting at the Tiburon Council Chambers at 1505 Tiburon Blvd on July 16th, 2018, at 6pm.

About 25 people attended the meeting. Richard Wodehouse, chairman of the TRUST board, opened the meeting with a presentation concerning the nature of TRUST, showing some beautiful pictures on the big screen of the Council Chambers. Bill Lukens then took over the podium and gave detailed information concerning the legal process to save the trails on the Martha property as a public resource. Mark Reed and his son Will both attended the meeting and Bill let them come up and describe things from their perspective. Jerry Riessen of the public organization Tiburon Open Space (TOS) gave a deeper historical perspective about the many steps taken to keep Marin and Tiburon as open as possible. Tracy Gary, a long-time fundraiser newly working with TRUST, described some of the fundraising possibilities.

Snacks were served and everyone that attended came to a better understanding of TRUST and TOS and the future of the Martha property.

The meeting was publicized on a one page brochure left in hundreds of mailboxes many neighborhood volunteers. The brochure is shown below:

Plaintiff’s Mandatory Settlement Conference

TRUST Files Lawsuit to Protect Public Trails in Tiburon

The local Non-profit group, Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails (TRUST), seeks a court judgment protecting historic trails on the Martha property in response to recent closures and vandalism.

See information on the press release – click here.

See a map of the Martha property – click here.

See a more historical perspective – click here.

TRUST Press Release

Press Releases:

2017-09-06

Contact William M. Lukens
Telephone (415) 433-3000
Email wlukens@lukenslaw.com
Website tiburontrails.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 6, 2017

TRUST FILES LAWSUIT TO PROTECT PUBLIC TRAILS IN TIBURON

Local Nonprofit Group, Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails [TRUST], Seeks a Court Judgment Protecting Historic Trails on the Martha Property in Response to Recent Closures and Vandalism

Belvedere Tiburon, CA – On August 31, 2017, Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails [TRUST] filed a quiet title action in the Marin County Superior Court asking the Court to find that a public easement exists over the network of trails traversing the Martha Property on the Tiburon Ridge. The Martha Property is a privately-owned parcel of land adjacent to Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Area on the southern tip of the Tiburon peninsula. The 110-acre property contains over two miles of trails that have been used by the public for generations, including the Ridge Trail and the historic Spanish Trail. For over 50 years, locals and visitors from around the world have openly walked, biked, trekked, hiked, jogged, run, picnicked, engaged in horseback riding, and generally enjoyed the trails and open space areas on the Martha Property and adjacent open space areas. This has been a benefit and a boon to the community.

In recent months, the public has been denied access to these trails and surrounding areas have been damaged. TRUST’s lawsuit seeks to protect the trails on the Martha Property, and the longstanding right of public access that was legally established nearly 50 years ago by virtue of the public’s open, regular, continuous, varied, and substantial use of the trails and surrounding areas. This lawsuit is the direct result of the blockages and attempted closures of the public trails, as well as acts of vandalism to surrounding areas and natural monuments. Such acts include the placement of steel barriers, barbed fences, stakes, and signs on and about the trails and natural landmarks on the Property. For example, the Ridge Trail and the historic Spanish Trail have been closed, and “Founder’s Rock,” a geological formation and popular gathering spot overlooking Angel Island State Park, has been irreparably damaged.

TRUST is the Plaintiff in this case, brought on behalf of the public. Defendants include the Martha Company, owners of the Martha Property, and unnamed DOES One through Fifty.

TRUST is a community-based nonprofit association dedicated to protecting the public trails and open space areas on the Tiburon Ridge in Tiburon, California. TRUST works to protect, preserve, and promote public access to and use of trails and open space through advocacy, conservation, and community engagement. TRUST believes that publicly accessible trails and open space areas contribute to the well-being of individuals, the health of ecosystems, the resilience of communities, and the welfare of the planet.

TRUST is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact William M. Lukens at (415) 433-3000 or email at wlukens@lukenslaw.com.

Founding of Tiburon / Belvedere Residents to Support the Trails

A group of concerned residents in Tiburon and Belvedere have joined together to found a new, non-profit, organization named TRUST – Tiburon / Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails.

In the short run, TRUST’s mission is limited to protecting the public trail network on the Martha property and the Tiburon Ridge.

In the longer term, TRUST’s mission is to aid in the stewardship of the land.